Human Rights Class in a Box (HRCB), created and presented by International Solidarity for Human Rights, is a co-curricular program designed to increase students’ knowledge, appreciation and commitment to human rights education and advocacy for the prevention of violence, dehumanization, racial discrimination, and the promotion of equality, kindness, social justice and inclusivity.
Educating about human rights empowers students with learning they can use far beyond the classroom – in fact, they will take it out into the school corridors and playgrounds, into their homes, and beyond into the wider community. The respect and tolerance Human Rights Class in a Box teaches will help students to create a healthier, happier, fairer culture, and could lead to reductions in bullying and other negative behavior, and improvements in attainment and aspirations.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is an universal document that states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms that all human beings are entitled with.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Students and participants will gain knowledge about the history of the United Nations.
- Students & Participants will learn the significance of WWII in the development of human rights and the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
- Students & Participants will record information about Eleanor Roosevelt’s inspiration behind, and role in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Students & Participants will learn how many human rights exist; understand the importance and the basic conceptions (including discrimination, equality, etc.).
- Students & Participants will recognize human rights violations.
- Students & Participants will develop an appreciation for the values and responsibilities enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Schools and teachers can schedule a presentation by emailing ISHR at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris, on December 10th 1948.
Human Rights Class in a Box has been implemented in public elementary and middle schools, private elementary and middle schools and afterschool institutions in the areas of Miami Dade and Broward, Florida-USA, also in elementary schools abroad in the countries of Spain, Andorra, and Panama.
“It is time to arm the children with a set of tools essential to their development that protects them from discrimination, inequality and slavery. Just as a child must build interdependent motor skills to be able to perform complex nerve and muscle acts to produce movement, children must build the ability to perform using the 30 interdependent human rights that they are entitled with since birth. The improvement of one right will facilitate the advancement of all of them” Maria Burn
Saint Anthony Catholic School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Austin Hepburn Multipurpose Center (Hallandale-Broward, Florida)
Colegio Eugenia Astur (La Espina, Spain)
Colegio Público El Salvador (Asturias, Spain)
Colegio El Pascon de Tineo (Asturias, Spain)
Park Side Elementary (Broward, Florida)
St Joan of Arc Elementary (Boca Raton, Florida)
“One of the greatest impact the program has had is on our Saint Joan of Arc School Curriculum. As a result of the Human Rights In-house Field Trip, our middle school literature teacher, chose to update the 2017 required summer reading list for our 6th through 8th grade students. She was passionate about choosing novels based on a spectrum of human rights issues. Also, our Fine Arts Night included collaborative posters from each class and grade level which discussed and demonstrate each Human Rights Articles”. Mrs. Roberts Principal of Sant Joan of Arch Catholic School.
Wilton Mannors Elementary (Broward, Florida)
The Human Rights program taught by Elizabet Sanchez Vegas and Devorah Sasha last spring to our 4th graders was outstanding and aligns perfectly with the mission of our school. At Wilton Manors Elementary, an IB World school, we focus on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts and as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural factors in addition to academic development.
In 5 days the students at Wilton Manors were taught in such a comprehensive and interactive way that they were able to demonstrate an understanding of each of the 30 human rights. The program is both fun and practical way for children to comprehend the importance of Human Rights. The program started by discussing the 30 Human Rights through videos, team activities, and large group discussions. The student were so engaged and inspired that they continued talking about the program the rest of the day.
During the 5 days that the program was taught, the children had the opportunity to have lively and profound reflections far beyond what is typically expected of children their age These reflections were then expressed through art. Each student created a drawing of the Human Right that was the most important for them.
I would say that the highlight for the program was to make students ambassadors of the Human Rights. This is the difference between this program and the others we have taught at school. The children are given the opportunity to take action and become active members of society. Each student received a badge with his or her picture, which is very important for a 9-10 year old because it is a way of saying, “I believe in you, you can make the difference!”
The program had such a positive impact on our students that we have decided to implement it for the hole school !
Dr. Ana Maria Leon/School Counselor (July 15, 2013)